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post #1 of 8 Old 04-05-2012, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Losing tail

Alright time for a new mystery!

My horse who is prone to scratches on his white legs has recently started losing chunks of tail hair high up on his dock, and not by rubbing and it's not getting bitten out or chewed off. It's not losing hair during grooming though so I don't know if it's somehow getting yanked out? It is short hair high on his dock, about 4" max.

My first thought is of course fungus so I have washed it with an antifungal/antibacterial wash and have been applying Eqyss antifungal gel on it with little avail. It is not ichy either..

Now I am thinking it could be selenium? He has recently had his RB bumped up to 4 lbs from 2 lbs per day and that would include just under 2.5 mg of selenium (total in the 4 lbs). He has been on 3-4lbs previously without issue and is well under the "high" limit for my area of 0.5 ppm for selenium supplementation. So not likely and he is not showing any other signs of selenium toxicity?? Right?? I hope..

Any ideas for the tail fungus or is he actually being over supplemented for selenium?? Any other ideas as to why he is losing tail??

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How do you know he is not rubbing? Not disbelieving you, just asking as that would be the most common cause. Even a fungal issue would itch and cause rubbing.
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The tail hairs are not roughed up at all and he started losing it when I still had his other blanket on with a tail flap and the tail flap was not rubbed or worn either. His hair is really easy to see if he has been rubbing as well because it gets very frizzy.

He also does not like getting it itched or rubbed when I am washing or grooming or applying the Eqyss...

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Ok. Sorry I have no knowledge or help to offer then.
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Did you find the hairs that were lost? Was it one big chunk or loose hairs here and there?

I would be tempted to say maybe he caught it on something, if nothing else is coming out, or get the vet to check- and do bloods- if it carries on or you'll be buying extensions ;)
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Is he getting too hot in his rug? My lad starts shedding his mane and tail if he gets too hot.

Also have his "bits" been cleaned recently? Horses can get scratchy tails if thier male parts need cleaning (perticularly if they have a bean) my lad is an expert at scratching his tail and leaving no evidence of it other than pulled out hair. I've watched him do it.

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Yes he has recently been wormed and I cleaned him as well when I first noticed the tail.
I have not found any evidence of tail removal either :P

I'm hopefully getting the vet out for "spring" shots soon (and I put that in quotes because its currently snowing :( ) and hopefully he has some magical remedy haha...
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Yes he has recently been wormed and I cleaned him as well when I first noticed the tail.
I have not found any evidence of tail removal either :P

I'm hopefully getting the vet out for "spring" shots soon (and I put that in quotes because its currently snowing :( ) and hopefully he has some magical remedy haha...
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If not, my friend's mare has the biggest most hugely horrifc tail ever, I'm sure she won't mind if I trim some off and send it to you!

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